Richie Dagger’s Crime (RDC) is the Seattle based project of Richie Nelson that involves a breadth of pop stylings, ranging from acoustic soul, to psychedelic funk and ambient-R&B electronics. Nelson has shared the stage with local and tour acts such as U.S. Girls, Calvin Johnson, and Mark Hossler (Negativland), and was featured on tracks alongside native-activist Gyasi Ross, and Slug (Atmosphere) for the album Isskootsik.
RDC began as a solo project in 2014 with a stream of production experiments and quirky demos. These early recordings found unexpected love from the platform "Free Music Archive" where the compilation has been downloaded over 12,000 times and featured in many home videos online across the world.
Nelson shifted focus in 2015 to form a live ensemble in order to better represent the layered instrumental arrangements in his recordings. His band, while maintaining steady gigs in the PNW and West Coast, self-released an EP of covers titled 'Tenderness' in June 2017. In October 2018, the band self-released their debut full-length 'Sea of Dysfunction', which garnered much airplay attention from KEXP and was featured on The Seattle Times' Critic's Poll of 2018.
Nelson’s work is often described as having a strong cinematic quality, touching frequently on enigmatic themes of transcendence, megalomania, childhood fantasy and satire.